Hello Lightening Tamers!
I took a week off to visit home for my birthday this week, but even though I'm home and "taking a break", I put some of that time doing what I've always done, and that is learning. YouTube can be an awesome resource where you can find all type of videos with many as helpful as they are entertaining. Additionally, I've been working with Ben Orozco from GEEX to develop some primer episodes directed at beginners and educators who are interested in Plasma.
Plasma, as far what Light Art is concerned, isn't something that is yet to be found in single and comprehensive source, and what I've had to do as well as those whom have come before me is gather a variety of knowledge and skills, and synthesize. Which is the basis of learning. In circumstances where excitement and impatience enter this can be quite frustrating, but this journey in plasma has lead to many paths and curiosities. The same connections an artist makes to developed an artwork is done when learning, and has given me an ever expanding appreciation of the world around me.
Now this following video, is something I found quite intriguing. For an element to go into a plasma state, it is done through heating or subjecting it to an electromagnetic field, which is easiest to reach from a gaseous state. Granted this isn't something that leads you directly to the creations of plasma via vacuum and noble gases. I found it exciting to watch plasma created via other materials, and to watch creators or youtubers document their process. The discoveries and the problem-solving implemented allowed them to overcome barriers found in process, materials, and equipment.
I hope you find this as entertaining as I have.
Be safe, be healthy, and be strong, and I'll see you next time!
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.